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Highways with motorway-like access restrictions. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Restrictions
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Status: de facto


The motorroad tag is used to describe highways that have motorway-like access restrictions (i.e. cyclists and pedestrians banned) but that are not a motorway. Depending on the country, this may imply various access restrictions and other road properties.

Implied tags

In some regions presence of this key may be used to guess values of other tags. It may be foot=no, bicycle=no, moped=no, horse=no.


  • Motorroad (Dutch: autoweg, French: route pour automobiles). Looks like a motorway but it may have junctions and traffic signals. By definition: highway=* motorroad=yes. The highway value for motorroads is trunk most of the time. Conversely, not all roads that are mapped as trunk in Belgium are motorroads.

The implied tags on motorways and motorroads:

highway=motorway also implies minspeed=70, but motorroad=yes does not.


The implied tags on motorroads:

and others...


In Finland, the tag indicates whether a road is a Moottoriliikennetie.

Germany, Croatia

In Germany, the tag indicates whether a road is a wikipedia:de:Kraftfahrstraße (§18 StVO). Only motor vehicles which are be constructed to be able to drive faster than 60 km/h ("bauartbedingte Höchstgeschwindigkeit") are allowed.

  • minspeed=60 (vehicles needs to be constructed to be able to drive faster than 60, actually there is no minimum driving speed)
  • foot=no (implied by motor_vehicle)
  • bicycle=no (implied by motor_vehicle)
  • moped=no (implied by minspeed)
  • horse=no (implied by motor_vehicle)
  • agricultural=no agricultural vehicles are by definition slower than 25 km/h
  • parking:lane:both=no_stopping no reversing and no stopping except in case of emergency (emergency does not include needing to use a toilet or running out of fuel)
  • maxspeed=110 in Croatia only

Hong Kong

This indicates a road which is mainly built for motor vehicles, with motorway-like design, no footpath and pedestrian/bicycle/learners banned by presence of road sign but itself not a motorway.

However, if the road itself is in motorway-like design, but foot and bicycle are allowed on that, foot=yes/bicycle=yes may be added.

This is at odds with the definition of legal designation and signage of this tag, as raised in Talk:Proposed_features/Motorway_indication#Already_exists_(with_an_inferior_name)?. Tunnel Control Area may be more suited to this.


In Italy, the tag must be used when one of the following road signs is present:

Italian traffic signs - inizio strada extraurbana principale.svg or Italian traffic signs - strada extraurbana principale.svg (strada extraurbana principale)

Italian traffic signs - strada riservata ai veicoli a motore.svg (strada riservata ai veicoli a motore)

Italian traffic signs - limiti strada extraurbana principale.svg (a superstrada having the same access limits as a strada extraurbana principale)

The access restrictions for an italian motorway apply[1]:

  • minspeed=80 (cars needs to be constructed to be able to drive at 80 km/h or faster on a flat road, actually there is no minimum driving speed)[2]
  • foot=no (implied by motor_vehicle)
  • bicycle=no (implied by motor_vehicle)
  • moped=no
  • horse=no (implied by motor_vehicle) (and more generally animal=no)
  • agricultural=no
  • no access to motorcycles equipped with a thermal engine having a displacement smaller than 150 cm³ (motorcycle:conditional=no @ (displacement < 150 cc))
  • no access to sidecars equipped with a thermal engine having a displacement smaller than 250 cm³ (sidecar:conditional=no @ (displacement < 250 cc))
  • no access to motorcycle-like vehicles (motoveicoli)[3] (other than those listed above)[4] having unladen mass less than or equal to 400 kg or a max gross weight less than or equal to 1300 kg with the exception of motorized tricycles (trikes) designed for carrying people, with no more than 2 seats (1 driver + max. 1 passenger), having a displacement grater than or equal to 250 cm³ or more and an engine power grater than or equal to 15 kW[5].

Implied tag might be

quadricycle:conditional=no @ ((empty_weight <= 400 kg) OR (maxweightrating <= 1300 kg)).

motorized_tricycle:conditional=no @ ((empty_weight <= 400 kg) OR (maxweightrating <= 1300 kg)); yes @ ((displacement >= 250 cc) AND (engine_power >= 15 kW) AND (seats <= 2))


In the Netherlands, motorroad=yes is used to indicate autowegen. It is used in combination with highway=trunk. See NL:The_Netherlands_roads_tagging for more information.

motorroad=yes has the following implications:


In Norway, Motortrafikkveg (prev Motorvei klasse B) is a property of a way when signed. Only used on trunk and primary and a few secondary. May or may not be a dual carriageway. Can be as little as two lanes. Default maxspeed=* is, like any other non-urban road, 80km/h. Other speeds will be signed. Access (Trafikkreglene §4-2): foot=no, bicycle=no, moped=no. There is no minspeed, but any vehicle must be able to drive at least 40km/h on a flat road.

There will be no driveways. No backing up or turning (Trafikkreglene §11-2). No stopping (Trafikkreglene §17-1-e). No parking (on any road with maxspeed higher than 50km/h).


In Spain, the tag indicates whether a road is an w:es:Autovía.


Key to be used only where the road sign is present(the white-on-blue automobile sign).

Note: The sign is de facto not used for any roads in Turkey, therefore usage of this tag is discouraged. Please tag with signs that already present at the road.

United Kingdom

You can use the key on British primary routes with motorway-like access restrictions signed or similar (according to GOV.UK Transport). Examples include the A40 Westway, the A12 between Wanstead and Hackney Wick, and the A13 between Dagenham Dock and Thurrock.

You need to add motorroad=* manually because all classes of traffic may use British primary routes by default.

Unless specified (such as the speed limits at the Blackwall Tunnel in London), the tag implies the following:

United States

Individual restrictions may vary by state, but this tag is generally used when a sign specifically designates a section of road (often over a bridge or through a tunnel) as exclusively for motor vehicles, non-motorized vehicles prohibited, or similar, when the road itself is not a freeway (highway=motorway). The following tags are generally implied:

Also see expressway=*, which is commonly used in the United States to tag a divided (dual-carriageway) highway with high-speed design features and limited access to adjacent properties.

How to map

Tag a highway that is a motorroad with motorroad=yes in addition to the highway tag, which will usually be highway=primary or highway=trunk. You may want to specify implied access restrictions explicitly.

Depending on interpretation, highway=trunk may imply motorroad=yes.

See also


  1. Nuovo codice della strada (DL n. 285 del 30/4/1992) art. 175
  2. Regolamento di esecuzione e di attuazione del nuovo codice della strada (DPR n. 495 del 16/12/1992) art. 372
  3. Italian laws use the word motoveicoli to define a category of vehicles that includes motorcycles, sidecars, motorized tricycles and quadricycles (that are not considered moped).
  4. It is not completely clear the legal status of the access to motorway for motorcycles and sidecars having electrical engines; according on of the most wispread interpretations they should be part of this group of other veichles and so being banned de facto from motorways due to the high requirements about minimum weight.
  5. Conversione in legge, con modificazioni, del decreto-legge 16 luglio 2020, n. 76, recante misure urgenti per la semplificazione e l'innovazione digitale (Legge n. 120 del 11/09/2020)